“They are also vetting more progressive voices to put forward for consideration”
The far left is not waiting to be invited onto Joe Biden’s team. They felt they were underrepresented on the Obama team and they’re not going to let that happen again.
They’re not even waiting for Biden to win. That just seems to be a given.
Alex Thompson reports at Politico:
Left collects wins on Biden transition
In 2008, the left wing of the Democratic Party felt shut out of the Obama transition effort.
Amid an historic financial crisis, Barack Obama filled key jobs with holdovers of the moderate Clinton economic team like Larry Summers and Tim Geithner, who liberals felt were more focused on rescuing big banks than the people losing their homes.
“The progressive approach to the transition in 2008 was not organized,” said Jeff Hauser, the director of The Revolving Door Project, which he founded in 2015 to dig deep on executive branch appointees in anticipation of the next Democratic administration. “It was a defeat.”…
The left-wing’s cri de coeur — “personnel is policy” — takes a page from the Reaganites of the early 1980s, who pushed aside more moderate Rockefeller Republicans in favor of conservative firebrands. “Those who truly want Washington to change must look beyond the rhetoric to the Rolodex,” Scot Faulkner, director of personnel for Reagan’s 1980 campaign, later wrote.
These people are even doing oppo research on others who they view as competition. They sure sound nice, don’t they?
The tactics include doing opposition research on potential nominees with more moderate politics, which they are then circulating via left-wing publications like The American Prospect. They are also vetting more progressive voices to put forward for consideration — like former Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Raskin and Raphael Bostic, the current president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta — and lobbying the Biden transition team publicly and privately.
This is my favorite part of the article:
The Biden transition’s embrace of some of these progressive figures lends credence to Republicans’ argument that a Biden presidency would be further to the left than his more moderate track record would suggest.
You think so?
Make no mistake, these are not low-level activists. A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that an official from Twitter had joined the Biden transition team.
From FOX News:
Twitter’s public policy director leaves to join Biden transition team: report
A former Democratic aide has reportedly left his post as director of public policy at Twitter to join former Vice President Joe Biden’s transition team.
Carlos Monje left Twitter’s Washington, D.C. office Thursday, according to Politico, after helping to host a fundraiser for the Democratic nominee this week.
The outlet reported that Monje has served on Biden’s infrastructure policy committee, although it’s unclear what his role will be on the transition team.
According to a LinkedIn profile cited in Politico’s article, Monje started working at Twitter in 2017. Prior to that he served in former President Obama’s White House, as well as on the transition team for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
You have to hand it to these people for their confidence in Joe Biden. They’re doing everything but measure the Oval Office for new drapes. They might be a little disappointed in November.DONATE
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